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Inmate mistakenly released from Sandoval jail

Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Keith Elder said authorities confirmed that after the escape, Griffin managed to shave off all his facial hair.

A search was underway near the Walmart in Bernalillo and just west of N.M. 528 in neighborhoods and arroyos Wednesday evening. Officers with the Rio Rancho Police Department, Sandoval County Sheriff’s Office, Bernalillo Police Department and New Mexico State Police had all joined in the search.

“Area residents need to move inside and lock their doors,” Elder said in a news release Wednesday afternoon. “If someone you do not know knocks at your door, call 911 immediately. Drivers are warned to not pick up hitchhikers.”

Griffin was last seen wearing gray sweatpants, a black long-sleeved shirt and a black baseball cap. He is 6 feet tall and weighs around 210 pounds.

“If you see Ryan Griffin, do not approach him or attempt to take him into custody,” Elder said. “Call law enforcement immediately.”